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TikToker who retired as an engineer at age 30 warns: Co-workers ‘are not your friends or family’

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  • Frank Niu, a retired software engineer who worked with big-name companies such as Netflix for a decade, warned TikTok users that their colleagues are “not your friends” and “not your family.”
  • Niu answered a follower’s question on TikTok last week about whether being slow to trust others is helpful or harmful when developing relationships with co-workers.
  • “The people you work with are not your friends,” said Niu, who retired from his software engineering career at the age of 30. “You shouldn’t blindly go trusting others and telling them information that you don’t need to, especially if that information could hurt you down the road.”
  • “Most people put on some sort of work persona that’s not who they actually are,” he added. “Keep in mind that at the end of the day, everyone is looking out for themselves.”

A former software engineer has warned TikTok users that the people they work with are “not your friends” and “not your family.”

Frank Niu, who worked with big-name companies like Netflix for a decade, answered a follower’s question on TikTok last week about whether being slow to trust others is helpful or harmful when developing relationships with co-workers.

Singaporean TikToker explains why sharing plane ticket photos on social media poses serious risks

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  • A performance coach on TikTok explained why people should not post photos of their plane tickets to social media.
  • Some of the potential risks include exposure of passport numbers and the last four digits of the credit card used to purchase the ticket.
  • The TikToker warned that anyone with ill intentions can make revisions to a flight by accessing information given on a plane ticket.
  • He uses an influencer’s photo he found on Facebook where he shows how easy it is to access personal information through a ticket and to make changes to an existing flight on Singapore Airlines.

A Singaporean performance coach shared a video on TikTok on Sunday explaining the serious risks that come from posting photos of plane tickets on social media. 

The video starts with the TikTok user, Jason Ho, listing the potential consequences of posting photos of plane tickets online, including flight revisions and exposure of an individual’s sensitive information, such as their full name, the last four digits of the credit card used to purchase the ticket, date of birth, email and passport number.  

Japanese man spends $15,700 on dog costume to fulfill lifelong dream of transforming into an animal 

  • A Japanese man spent 2 million yen (approximately $15,709) on an elaborate border collie costume to transform himself into a dog.
  • The costume, made by a company called Zeppet, took 40 days to make.
  • The man posted a video to his YouTube channel where he dons the realistic dog costume and reenacts dog-like motions.

To fulfill his lifelong dream of transforming into an animal, a Japanese man spent 2 million yen (approximately $15,709) on a realistic border collie costume. 

For his costume, the man, Toko, commissioned a Japanese company called Zeppet, which specializes in sculptures and models for movies, commercials and amusement facilities as well as TV costumes and mascots. The costume reportedly took 40 days to create. Toko also went through multiple rounds of revisions, including meetings and fittings for the costume. 

California and Texas dominate list of 10 best cities in US for Asian professionals

  • Online marketplace Apartment List celebrated May as Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with the release of their year’s list of best U.S. cities for Asian professionals.
  • Compiled by Apartment List and its Asian Pacific Islander employee resource group, [email protected], the ranking was based on four categories such as community and representation, economic opportunity, housing opportunity and business environment.
  • Bay Area cities San Jose and San Francisco took spots at No. 1 and No. 6 respectively, while Riverside took ninth place.

Three cities in California have been named among the best places to be for Asian professionals in the U.S.

On Wednesday, the online marketplace Apartment List released the ranking to coincide with Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May. 

SI Swimsuit cover model Yumi Nu responds to Jordan Peterson’s controversial Twitter dig

  • Curve model Yumi Nu has responded to a tweet from Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson that says her 2022 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover is “not beautiful.”
  • The 25-year-old model andsinger of Japanese and Dutch descent was widely celebrated for being the first Asian American plus-sized model to be on the magazine’s cover.
  • However, the 59-year-old Canadian psychologist was not impressed and wrote in a tweet: “Sorry. Not beautiful. And no amount of authoritarian tolerance is going to change that.”
  • In a recent TikTok post, Nu is seen lip-syncing the lyrics to Nicki Minaji’s song “Itty Bitty Piggy,” mouthing: “I don’t even know why you girls bother at this point. Give up. It’s me. I win. You lose.”

Curve model Yumi Nu has fired back at author and psychologist Jordan Peterson for his criticism of her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover. 

Nu, 25, was widely celebrated for being the first Asian American plus-sized model to be on the magazine’s cover.

Chinese American twin sisters become the first girls to reach Eagle Scout in Brooklyn

  • Identical twin sisters Selena and Alison Zhang, both 17, recently became Brooklyn's first girls and first Asian American girls to join the Eagle Scouts. 
  • The Eagle Scout title is the highest achievement in the Scouts BSA, formerly known as Boy Scouts of America. It is a widely recognized and prestigious award.
  • The twins said they have always had an affinity for the outdoor activities offered to boys such as camping, kayaking and water rafting. 
  • Both have collected more than 100 badges each and are working on a project to tackle ongoing issues of Asian hate.

Identical twin sisters Selena and Alison Zhang, both 17, became the first girls in Brooklyn to achieve the Eagle Scout rank.

Eagle Scout is globally recognized as the highest and most prestigious rank in the Scouts BSA, formerly known as Boy Scouts of America. Several prominent figures have achieved Eagle Scout, including Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.

Tokyo set to recognize same-sex partnerships starting November

  • On Tuesday, the Tokyo metropolitan government revealed its draft of a new registration system that would recognize same-sex partnerships.
  • Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike had already promised at the end of last year that the capital would start a system that allowed same-sex couples access to many of the benefits under marriage, including hospital visitation rights and the ability to rent apartments together, but excludes tax breaks and benefits. 
  • With the enactment of the policy, due to take effect in November, Tokyo joins the eight other prefectures that have already introduced some form of same-sex partnership system.
  • The released draft describes the purpose of the new system as a way “to promote understanding among Tokyo residents about sexual diversity and to reduce inconveniences in daily lives surrounding sexual minorities in order to create more pleasant living conditions for them.”
  • Advocates for sexual equality strongly pushed for same-sex marriage legislation at the time Tokyo was scheduled to host the Summer 2020 Olympics; however, the conservative Liberal Democratic Party shot down the bill.
  • In a landmark ruling last year, Japan’s Sapporo District Court also ruled that banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional; however, it did not produce any form of concrete legal rights for Japan’s LGBTQ-plus population.

On Tuesday, the Tokyo metropolitan government revealed its draft of a new registration system that would recognize same-sex partnerships.

The news comes after Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike’s promise at the end of last year that the capital’s government would start a system that allowed same-sex couples access to many of the benefits under marriage, including hospital visitation rights and the ability to rent apartments together. 

‘I’m Korean, people need to accept that’: Oli London defends ‘transracial’ identity against Black woman

  • British personality Oli London, 31, has defended transracialism in a Channel 4 documentary series called “Would You Rather?” after identifying themself as Korean.
  • London, who underwent multiple surgeries to resemble BTS member Jimin, sat down for the show with a Black woman, who debunked transracialism on the grounds of privilege and lived experiences.
  • In response, London highlighted their Korean experience and dismissed cultural appropriation by citing “millions and millions” of people who incorporate elements of K-pop and K-drama into their lives.
  • The episode ended with both parties standing their ground.
  • In a more recent interview, London identified themself as a gender-fluid Korean woman.

British personality Oli London has continued to defend transracialism in a documentary series called “Would You Rather?”

London, 31, who underwent multiple surgeries to look like BTS member Jimin, most recently identified as a Korean woman using “they/them” pronouns.

Nepali Sherpa Kami Rita breaks his own world record again by scaling Mount Everest for 26th time

  • Nepalese Sherpa guide Kami Rita, 52, successfully reached the 29,032-foot summit of Mount Everest at 7 p.m. on Saturday, marking the 26th time he scaled the world’s tallest mountain.
  • Sherpas are an ethnic group who live at high altitudes. The term is also used to refer to the trek guides themselves.
  • During the trip, Rita led 10 other Sherpa guides who attached ropes along the route to help other climbers and guides who are set to climb the mountain later this month. 
  • Rita, who first reached the Mount Everest summit in 1994, has also scaled other peaks among the world’s highest, such as K-2, Cho-Oyu, Manaslu and Lhotse.

Nepalese mountaineer Kami Rita, 52, broke his own record for the most climbs to the top of Mount Everest after successfully reaching the summit of the world’s tallest mountain for the 26th time. 

On Saturday, the veteran Sherpa guide safely scaled the 29,032-foot summit while leading a group of Sherpa climbers. 

Hong Kong star Andy Lau goes viral for doing housework

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  • Hong Kong actor, singer-songwriter and film producer Andy Lau garnered millions of views on Chinese social media after posting a video of himself cleaning his home.
  • His now-viral video gained 3.6 million likes and over 1 million comments in just two days.
  • The 30-second video, with the caption “May 1st continued," shows the 60-year-old star mopping a bedroom while wearing a plain T-shirt and sweatpants.
  • Some users praised the Hong Kong star, with one Douyin user saying, “So even superstars have to do chores, I feel so comforted. I no longer feel any grievance [for having to do housework].”
  • “He's so handsome even when mopping the floor,” another Douyin user wrote.

Hong Kong actor, singer-songwriter and film producer Andy Lau garnered millions of views on Chinese social media after posting a video of himself cleaning his home.

The video was posted on Lau’s Douyin account on May 6, where it gained more than 3.6 million likes and over 1 million comments in just two days.

Used masks stained with lipstick and sweat are being sold online in Japan

  • Some Japanese women are selling their used masks with lipstick stains online.
  • A woman in her 30s who lives in Tokyo began selling her used masks in August last year and, within 24 hours, received several inquiries, according to a report from The Mainichi.
  • During the first month, she sold four masks for 500 yen ($4) and now makes 3,000 yen ($23) a month selling her used masks as well as underwear and tights for 1,500 yen ($11) and 400 to 500 yen ($3) each, respectively.
  • Although the woman has received requests that she reveal her face, she has yet to agree.
  • After a third-year junior high school student, inspired by a friend, also began selling used masks in February, former police bureacrat and lawyer Yasuo Sawai has expressed concerns that school students who participate in this trend may be in danger of sexual violence or coercion to sell nude photos.

As the use of facemasks continues to be widespread in Japan, some women are selling their used masks with lipstick stains online. 

A woman in her 30s, who works as a company employee in Tokyo, has been selling her used masks, as well as underwear and tights, online since last year after she saw a tweet about another woman selling used facemasks. Since she had already been selling her clothes and accessories online through a second-hand marketplace app, she decided to sell used masks as well, reported The Mainichi.